Are you paying too much for your software environment?
There is a good chance that you are currently paying too much for your software environment or that you are not in compliance with the rules that software manufacturers have drawn up in their contracts. However, many organisations are not aware of this. Purely because there is a lack of control, a lack of knowledge and, consequently, a lack of insight.[ Read more ]
7 Success factors for optimal use of SAM tooling
If you decide to support your SAM processes with a SAM tool, you want to be sure that this tool is used in the best way possible. The information that can be extracted from the tool must be accurate and complete in order to give a real and accurate view of your compliance position. Only then you can take the right measures to manage compliance risks and implement cost savings.[ Read more ]
Second hand licenses: Make money with SAM
In July 2012 the European court of Justice ruled that the trading of “used” software licences is legal and that the author of such software cannot oppose any resale. Since then, many organisations have followed the path of buying and selling licenses to stay compliant. This sounds easy, and definitely could be.[ Read more ]
The House of SAM® Building Kit: visualise your SAM-strategy!
Where do you start when implementing SAM? And, if you have started already and the implementation of organisation, process and technology is coming along steadily – how do you make sure that the next step in your SAM maturity will be taken? What is the desired SAM maturity level, and which parts are really important for the organisation?[ Read more ]
Happy World Standards Day!
Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. One of those standards is the ISO/IEC 19.770-1 for the Software Asset Management process. As with many of the process frameworks, organisations struggle with the practical implementation and securing of the roles and responsibility in the existing organisation.[ Read more ]
Softline Solutions at SAMS Europe 2017
In September 2017, Europe's largest event on Software Asset Management took place in Berlin. Softline Solutions played a very active role at this leading event on SAM strategies, with important contributions from our colleagues Leo Meijer, Thorsten Theuer and Robert Härtwig.[ Read more ]
Celebrating successes on IBM compliance, control and million Euro cost savings
Softline Solutions’ IBM licensing expert Jan van Kempen can look back on an extremely successful first half of 2017 where he unearthed savings potentials on IBM licenses of between 200.000 and 3 million Euro’s for several of our customers. Thus creating the best ROI ever for the customer on the consultancy costs.[ Read more ]
IBM Virtualisation: Sub-capacity vs. Full-capacity, know your potential savings!
Because of technical developments in the infrastructure, your organisation has changed over the last years and you adapted many of these necessary changes. Concepts such as scalability, security, optimal flexibility, accountability and availability are not strange to you. In particular, virtualisation has seen a strong development in recent years and it might also have been implemented in your company. The majority of your servers probably runs in a virtualised environment.[ Read more ]
Software Asset Management and SaaS
Let me take you to a ‘SAM-journey’ that was started by my colleague Rudi Bissels, who in a previous blog described Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in relation to Software Asset Management.[ Read more ]
I want an overview of my software assets, and I want it now!
As you may have read in the interview with Dennis Montanje (Managing Director Softline Solutions Northern Europe) there are many reasons for an organisation to start with Software Asset Management. Let me share with you the train of thought of an undisclosed customer who struggles with this topic.[ Read more ]
Communication is crucial and this also applies to a successful SAM policy!
“The biggest single problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw[ Read more ]
From SAM assessment to SAM strategy
Every company that surpasses the level of small and medium-sized enterprise has to face the facts: the chance of a vendor review or audit is real and even more likely as the company uses more standard software. If you want to avoid unplanned and unwanted expenditures, you will first have to define a Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy. This strategy must describe the measures that have to be taken from an organisational, process-driven and technical point of view, in order to avoid compliance risks and to possibly generate cost reduction.[ Read more ]
Are you a Global License Manager or a premier-league football trainer?
Imagine yourself... You are recently assigned as the new Global License Manager or SAM Manager in a multinational company. I would like to make a comparison with a football trainer in the premier-league. A trainer that is already experienced and recognizes quality, but who also inherits some financial and administrative problems, left by his predecessors. But being a professional sportsman you face these problems and you create a plan. Because your objectives are not very different to those of a top club: create an overview, build a solid team for the years to come, establish a good financial position and being in control.[ Read more ]
SAP license management in medium and large companies
It is commonly known that unnecessary expenditures can be prevented with good Software Asset Management (SAM). Classifying and maintaining the ‘installed base’, as well as optimising the registered licenses is not an easy task. Particularly when SAP is involved and even more in a multinational environment. Especially complexity and dynamic play a role in ‘being in control’ when it comes to SAM for SAP.[ Read more ]
Interview with Dennis Montanje: Arguments for the implementation of Software Asset Management
Every month we pose 5 questions to Dennis Montanje about Software Asset Management related issues. The topic of this interview is ‘arguments for the implementation of Software Asset Management’.[ Read more ]
SAM tool implementation: lessons learned
In my previous blog “SAM tool: The first step to maturity” I wrote about what an organisation faces after a SAM tool is implemented. Now I go further back, to the process of implementation.[ Read more ]
Your licenses and Cloud Service
What about the compliance responsibility of your licenses when you use the Cloud Service?
Increasingly, companies return to core business and at the same time want optimum flexibility regarding IT when outsourcing. Outsourcing of IT services usually means hiring services through the Cloud, in lots of varieties. Think about virtualisation with dedicated hardware (Private Cloud) up to Software as a Service (SaaS) and all possible forms in between. But what are the consequences for the existing licenses and software contracts?
Software responsibility is the Achilles heel in Software Asset Management
An Achilles heel is a weak spot in a healthy human being or a good functioning system. The name is derived from the Greek mythological hero Achilles, who at his birth was immersed in the water of the underworld river by his mother, to make him invulnerable. As she had to be able to hold him, she grabbed his heel, which from that moment on remained the only weak spot in his body and finally led to his doom.[ Read more ]
SAMmanaged: Reducing the SAM workload
In my daily function as manager operations I often see interesting main themes in the way organisations seek optimal balance between effective Software Asset Management and their own business case, focus and resources.[ Read more ]
SAM tool: the first step to maturity
A proper SAM tool is essential when you seriously want to start working with Software Asset Management (SAM). After purchasing (in-house or hosted) one of the first tasks on the to-do list is filling the SAM tool with available data. This usually means transferring data from available spreadsheets and databases. When the SAM tool is set up, the importance of this first step is immediately clear. Eventually, you will encounter the following problems:[ Read more ]